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Investigation underway after female soldier allegedly assaulted by several Afghan refugees at Fort Bliss

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A female U.S. military servicemember at Fort Bliss is alleging that several male Afghan refugees assaulted her near her car as she arrived on base for her shift and now the FBI is investigating the matter.

The FBI has confirmed to Fox News that an investigation is being conducted in connection to a Fort Bliss Afghan refugee housing complex in New Mexico where an unnamed female soldier was allegedly assaulted on Sept. 19 by a “small group of male evacuees.”

“We received the referral from Fort Bliss and our office is investigating the allegation,” FBI Public Affairs Officer Special Agent Jeanette Harper stated.

“We can confirm a female service member supporting Operation Allies Welcome reported being assaulted on Sept. 19 by a small group of male evacuees at the Doña Ana Complex in New Mexico,” the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss Public Affairs announced in a statement. “We take the allegation seriously and appropriately referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The safety and well-being of our service members, as well as all of those on our installations, is paramount.”

(Video Credit: KVIA ABC-7)

“Task Force-Bliss is also implementing additional security measures to include increased health and safety patrols, additional lighting, and enforcement of the buddy system at the Dona Ana Complex,” the statement added in an effort to assure the public that steps are being taken to protect female servicemembers. “We will cooperate fully with the FBI and will continue to ensure the service member reporting this assault is fully supported.”

The soldier’s name, age, and the details of her assault have not been disclosed. Sources say the soldier was not sexually assaulted and she reportedly did not require hospitalization, according to KVIA. She was allegedly attacked around midnight on Sunday by at least three Afghan men near her car as she was arriving for duty.

U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell, a Republican congresswoman who represents New Mexico’s 2nd congressional district, branded the incident a “vetting failure.”

“My prayers are with the courageous soldier and her family. This is yet another tragic failure in the vetting process for Afghan nationals,” she tweeted. “The American people deserve answers.”

Senator Ted Cruz also tweeted in response to the alleged attack: “Joe Biden made a decision to shove tens of thousands people on planes to make it look like his botched evacuation was going well. The truth is he had no idea who he brought to the US. That’s why I led a letter today demanding accountability and answers.”

This is not the first attack that has occurred as thousands of dubiously vetted Afghan evacuees flood into the United States following President Biden’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Two Afghan refugees at Wisconsin’s Fort McCoy are also being indicted for sexual assault on a minor and domestic assault, according to the Department of Justice. One of the men is being charged with engaging in a sexual act with a minor using force against that person. The other is being charged with assaulting his wife by choking her on September 17.

As more and more violent attacks by Afghan evacuees are being reported, Republicans are demanding answers from the Biden administration on what they plan to do about it.

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford and four other Republican senators sent a letter on Thursday to Biden asking for further clarification on the way Afghan refugees are being vetted as they come into the United States.

“Regarding Afghan nationals who have been resettled in the United States, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memorandum on August 23, 2021, instructing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to ‘parole certain Afghan nationals into the United States,’” the letter states.

“This memo explicitly notes that ‘some of these individuals were in various stages of processing for immigration status in the United States…but were not able to complete these processes because of the certain situation in Afghanistan.’ While the Biden Administration has stated in briefings and in fact sheets that Afghan parolees undergo ‘biometric and biographic screening,’ the Biden Administration has yet to provide my staff, members of Congress, or the public with basic answers about its vetting procedures for Afghan parolees or demographic information about the Afghan parolee population,” it continued.

“How many Afghan nationals are waiting on background checks at a transit site? How many Afghan nationals have been paroled into the United States?” the senators wanted to know. “What specific categories, classes, or criteria constitute the Administration’s definition of ‘vulnerable Afghans’? How many individuals who have been paroled into the United States fall under each category, class, or criteria?”

“We already have reports of some of the locations where some Afghan parolees are being held that there’s been some sexual assaults that have happened in those locations, and we’re trying to get more information about that and to find out what happened to those individuals and where things go,” Lankford said during a hearing on Wednesday speaking with DHS chief Alejandro Mayorkas.

The Biden administration has denied anyone “of concern” has slipped through the vetting process into the country. They claim there is a “second layer” of screening once a refugee arrives at an entry point.

“No one has gotten into the United States or entered that is of concern,” a Biden official asserted. “The administration is working with urgency and with care to enhance the screening and vetting operations to make them more efficient without compromising U.S. national security.”

The attack was not a surprise to those on social media:

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